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Hobson's Choice (play)

Hobson's Choice is a play by Harold Brighouse, the title taken from the popular expression, Hobson's choice—meaning no choice at all. The first production was at the Princess Theatre in New York, it transferred to London on 24 June 1916 at the Apollo Theatre, before moving to the Prince of Wales Theatre on 20 November 1916. It was performed by the National Theatre at the Old Vic,London in 1964 The play was adapted for film several times and as a Broadway musical; the Crucible Theatre Sheffield staged a revival in June 2011 directed by Christopher Luscombe and starring Barrie Rutter, Zoe Waites and Philip McGinley. The story is set in Salford in 1880, it bears many resemblances to King Lear including a deceased mother. Henry Horatio Hobson Maggie Hobson Alice Hobson Vickey Hobson Mrs. Hepworth William Mossop Albert Prosser Fred Beenstock A shoemaker, Henry Hobson, has three daughters: Maggie and Vickey; the daughters work in the shop unpaid. Hobson spends his time drinking with the fellow members of the masons at the Moonrakers pub.

One day, Mrs Hepworth, a rich customer of Hobson, demands to know who made her boots: it is Hobson's underpaid bootmaker, Will Mossop. She insists that all her and her daughters' boots must from now on be made by Will, tells him to inform her if he should leave Hobson's. Maggie, a talented businesswoman and considered too old and plain to marry, proposes marriage to Will. Will reluctantly agrees; when Hobson comes back, she tells him that she intends to marry Will, but he laughs at her, threatens to beat Will for courting her. At this, Will leaves the shop, Maggie goes with him, they borrow £100 from Mrs Hepworth, set up a shop on their own, marry as soon as the banns of marriage have been called. A month Hobson falls into the warehouse belonging to the father of Fred Beenstock, Vickey's love. Maggie comes back to tell her sisters. Hobson has refused to settle any money on them, without which they are unlikely to find decent husbands. With the help of lawyer Albert Prosser, Alice's love, they issue a writ claiming damages from Hobson for trespass, damage to corn sacks and spying on trade secrets.

Hobson agrees to pay, the money is settled on the girls and they can now get married. Thanks to Will's skill as a bootmaker and Maggie's business acumen, their shop is successful and, within a year, they have taken nearly all of Hobson's trade. Hobson is bankrupt and drinking himself to death. After an attack of delirium tremens, he asks each of his daughters to look after him, they all refuse, but Maggie agrees to do so provided that Will takes over his business, with Hobson remaining as a sleeping partner only. Film and televisionThe play has been filmed several times as a silent film in 1920, with Joan Ritz as Maggie and Arthur Pitt as her father, it was filmed again with sound in 1931, with James Harcourt as Hobson, Frank Pettingell as Mossop, Joan Maude as Alice, Viola Lyel as Maggie. The best-known film version is that of 1954 directed by David Lean, it starred Charles Laughton as Brenda De Banzie as Maggie. John Mills played Will Mossop, Maggie's suitor, Prunella Scales made her second film appearance as Vicky Hobson.

It was Americanized in the 1983 TV version, set in 1914 New Orleans, starring Jack Warden as Hobson, Sharon Gless as Maggie, Richard Thomas as Will. It was broadcast on CBS TV on 21 December 1983; the New York Times review summarized the story line thus: "Burt Prelutsky's script transposes the setting to New Orleans, the year, for whatever arbitrary reason, is 1914. Henry Horatio Hobson, owner of a successful shoe store, is still a carousing drunk, complaining about how fate has saddled him with three daughters. Maggie, his eldest, can conceal her contempt for daddy's more outrageous ways, she is determined to get out from under his domination; as her vehicle toward that end, she chooses Will, a gentle and illiterate master shoemaker working in Hobson's basement." The review goes on:"Much of the problem would seem to be rooted in the casting. Jack Warden is an accomplished actor but he is at his best in the big-city settings of New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, he is not persuasive as a New Orleans gentleman, albeit a drunken one.

Sharon Gless is more successful with Maggie. But her performance doesn't quite jibe with that of Richard Thomas as Will." BroadwayThe 1966 Broadway musical Walking Happy is based on the play. BalletAn English ballet adaptation of the same title, with choreography by David Bintley and music by Paul Reade, premiered on 13 February 1989 by Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, London. A video production of the ballet has been seen on television broadcasts and released on DVD. West End In June 2016, Hobson's Choice opened at The Vaudeville Theatre, running until 10 September 2016. Martin Shaw played Hobson. Project Gutenberg ebook Hobson's Choice at the Internet Broadway Database

2009 NASCAR Corona Series

The 2009 NASCAR Corona Series was the sixth season of the Corona Series, sanctioned by NASCAR Mexico. All five previous NASCAR Mexico series champions raced the full schedule in 2009; the Rookie of the Year championship adopted a points system similar to those used in NASCAR's national series, with points going from ten to one for rookies only, bonus points for top-ten finishes in the overall race. These are the entries for the 2009 season; the race calendar for this season and results is as follows: In this season was inaugurated the Autódromo Internacional de Aguascalientes with the first race of the season. 1^ Qualifying cancelled by rain. 2^ Qualifying cancelled by rain. 3^ Posthumous victory. 4^ Qualifying cancelled by rain. Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position set by final practice results or rainout. * – Most laps led. Only the best 10 results count in the final classification. 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2009 NASCAR Camping World East Series 2009 NASCAR Camping World West Series 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series 2009 NASCAR Mini Stock Series